Thursday 22 April 2021

Day 402 of self-isolation - Disaster in India

Disaster in India

At the beginning of March, India was seeing 15k  new cases per day, and 100 deaths. Then Covid took off like a rocket, and now we're seeing new 300k new cases and 2000 deaths.

Hospitals in India are swamped, and there's an oxygen shortage. Oxygen is probably the most important treatment for severe Covid; it's all that stands between a patient continuing the fight, and death.

What can we do to help? Probably nothing. Most of the drugs that can be used to treat Covid are easy to get, and I don't see how we can ship large volumes of liquid oxygen to them.

And the Indians are making things worse, by having huge political rallies and major religious festivals - the virus spreads best when you get a lot of people together, breathing in what the others breathed out.

The charts below have not reached the peak yet. New cases are growing very fast still, and deaths will continue to grow for 2-3 weeks after new cases peak.

So what can be done? The answer is both very simple, and probably impossible. Masking and social distancing. No more political rallies, no more religious get-togethers.

There is no excuse for Indian politicians doing nothing while they watch this catastrophe unfold.

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